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Chardonnay Brined Smoked Turkey

Main Courses

Serves 4

We’ve created the perfect turkey recipe for your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 cups Chardonnay
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 gallon of ice
  • 1 15-20 lb turkey


In a medium saucepan, bring salt, peppercorns, lemon, sugar, garlic, thyme, Chardonnay, and water to a boil. Once salt and sugar are dissolved, pour over ice in a large, food safe, non-reactive container.

Place turkey in brine and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, up to 12.

Preheat a smoker or grill to 325 degrees. Remove turkey from brine and place on smoker or grill breast side up. Cook for about 2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted along the breast bone reads 160 degrees.

Remove the turkey from the smoker or grill and let rest for 1 hour before slicing and serving.